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12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

Styes are irritating and painful and every person suffering from one of these red bumps on the eyelid quickly searches for a treatment to take it away safely and fast. It is important that any treatment you try is safe, as styes are so close to the eye. Avoid anything that doesn’t seem safe, no matter how effective it sounds. Your eyesight is worth a thousand styes. These bumps are usually caused either by stress or when an oil gland becomes clogged with excess oil, dirt and/or bacteria. With this in mind, the first thing to do is keep your face clean and do not apply makeup until the stye is gone. You may even want to replace your eye makeup in case any forms of bacteria are lingering on the brushes. Here are 12 safe and effective ways to get rid of a stye that you can try at home. (Remember, even though these are safe to try, always avoid direct contact with the eye.)

1. Tea Bags

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    Soaking a washcloth in warm water and applying it over the eyes has been the most often repeated remedy for a stye, but why not add the antioxidants of tea to make it more effective? You can use green tea or black tea for this treatment and since everyone has tea at home, you will not have to go out to buy any ingredients.

    1. Boil water and let it cool until you can handle it on your skin
    2. Dip your teabag of choice into the water and apply to the affected eyelid
    3. Hold the teabag against the eyelid firmly for 10 minutes
    4. Repeat 5 times per day

    2. Coconut Oil

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      Although coconut oil has turned into a beauty and health trend, and everyone has heard about it too much over the past couple of years, it is still an effective treatment for skin issues such as styes. This oil is antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It will help to heal your stye and also reduce the pain.

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      1. Put a half cup of coconut oil into a clean container (this is to keep it separate from the rest of the oil – if you use it for cooking, you certainly don’t want to mix it with anything you apply to your stye)
      2. Wash your hands and face (including the stye) and once everything is dry, apply a small amount of oil to the stye
      3. Let it sit and sink in – do not wash it off
      4. Repeat as many times as you can, but give the oil time to sink into the skin between repetitions

      3. Chamomile Leaves

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        If you have loose leaf chamomile tea at home, you can try this remedy. If you want to try the chamomile leaves but don’t have any and don’t feel comfortable going out with a stye, you can use a regular chamomile tea bag instead.

        1. Mix 1 teaspoon of chamomile leaves in a cup of hot water (herbal tea should not be added to boiling water)
        2. Let it sit for 15 minutes and strain
        3. Take a clean washcloth and dip a corner into the tea water
        4. Apply to the stye area until the cloth is dry
        5. Repeat, using a different area of the cloth as many times as you like
        6. Do not re-use any part of the cloth that has touched the stye

        4. Turmeric

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          This spice does not only add color and flavor to recipes, but it also takes away inflammation to skin problems such as styes. Turmeric has been used as a healing spice for many years, and it is a very effective and safe way to get rid of a stye. If your stye is too close to your eye to use the paste comfortably, you can make a tea out of the powder instead.

          1. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with enough water, coconut oil or castor oil to make a paste
          2. Wash your hands, clean the stye with warm water and wash hands again
          3. Apply the paste to the stye area and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water
          4. Repeat up to 4 times per day
          5. Or mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric into 1 cup of hot water and make sure it is cool enough to touch on skin
          6. Dip the corner of a clean washcloth into the mixture and apply to the stye area until it is dry
          7. Repeat, using a clean area of the cloth up to 5 times per day

          5. Apple Cider Vinegar

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            If you want to try this stye treatment, any apple cider vinagar will do, but the best choice is Bragg’s, organic apple cider vinegar. ACV is known for being antibacterial and antiseptic, which will help your stye to heal faster.

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            1. Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts filtered or cooled, boiled water
            2. Put in fridge to cool for 3 hours
            3. Apply to the stye area using a clean cloth or makeup pad
            4. Hold on the stye until the cloth or pad is dry
            5. Repeat up to 5 times per day

            6. Tea Tree Oil

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              Tea tree oil is a very powerful essential oil that has helped many people to eliminate all kinds of skin and fungal issues. This oil will also get rid of a stye, and it can be used on its own or as an addition to any other treatment on this list. If you don’t have tea tree oil at home, this one is worth going out for, even with a stye.

              1. Mix 1 teaspoon of 100% natural and pure tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of filtered or cooled, boiled water
              2. Place in fridge to cool for 2 to 3 hours
              3. Using a clean cloth or makeup pad, apply to the stye area and let it sink into the skin
              4. Repeat 3 times per day
              5. If you want to try other remedies on this list along with tea tree oil, just add a few drops of the oil to any other solution

              7. Coriander Seeds

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                Using this spice properly will help to reduce swelling and help your stye to heal faster. It is recommended that you use this treatment along with at least one other on this list, such as a warm compress or tea bags.

                1. Add 1 tablepoon of coriander seeds to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
                2. Take off the heat and let the seeds soak for an additional 30 minutes
                3. Strain and let the water cool
                4. Apply to the stye area with a clean cloth up to 3 times per day

                8. Salt

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                  Salt has healing properties that will help your stye to go away faster. It will also reduce any pus that has gathered in the stye, which will cause the swelling to go down. You can use any type of salt, but Himalayan or sea salt are the best choices.

                  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground salt into 1 cup of filtered water and stir well
                  2. Dip a clean cloth into the water and gently apply to the stye
                  3. Repeat every couple of hours

                  9. Aloe Vera

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                    The aloe vera plant has many healing properties and is used to help sunburns, heal cuts and wounds and is also an effective treatment for styes. This plant is antibacterial and will reduce swelling and redness brought on by a stye. It is best to take the gel straight from an aloe plant, but if you only have access to bottled gel, you can use that as well.

                    1. Squeeze the gel out of an aloe leaf into a clean container
                    2. Apply a small amount of the gel directly to the stye
                    3. Let it sit and sink into the skin
                    4. Repeat up to 4 times per day

                    10. Homemade Antibacterial Cream

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                      There are many natural ingredients that are full of antibactierial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Some of these are mentioned individually here, but you can also combine a few of them together to make a powerful, antibacterial cream for your face. you can apply this both as a preventative measure and as a treatment for styes.

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                      1. In a bowl, combine a half cup of coconut oil and a half cup of either olive oil or jojoba oil
                      2. Add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil and an optional 5 drops of lavendar oil for added benefits
                      3. Mix together, then add a binding agent such as arrowroot powder or beeswax until the mixture forms a cream-like texture
                      4. To use it as a preventative measure, apply this to the face a couple of times a week
                      5. To treat a stye, apply it to the affected area 3 times per day and let it sink into the skin

                      11. Oil of Oregeno

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                        Depending on the cause of the stye, it may keep coming back, even long after it goes away. Some people have experienced recurring styes for years. The reason for this is usually an infection that needs antibiotics to go away. If you are looking for a natural antibiotic, studies have shown oil of oregano to be as powerful and in some cases, even more powerful than medical antibiotics. This oil will not kill off good bacteria like the other antibiotics do, and it is safe to take.

                        1. Adults, put 3 drops of oil of orgeno under the tongue and hold it there as long as you can (up to 5 minutes) before swallowing
                        2. Repeat 3 times per day until the stye is gone
                        3. Alternatively, you can add 3 drops into a tablespoon of water and swallow

                        12. Warm Compress

                        stye compress

                          As mentioned before, warm compresses are the most widely used treatment for styes. It is the safest and easiest way to get rid of a stye, so if you don’t have the time or the energy to put together the other remedies, you an try this one. The warm water will help to reduce the swelling and your stye should heal in 4 days at most.

                          1. Heat filtered water by a stove or a kettle until it is warm
                          2. Soak a clean washcloth in the water and wring out excess water
                          3. Put the cloth over your eyes and relax for a few minutes
                          4. Repeat as many times as you like

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                          Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                          4. Feed Your Brain

                          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                          6. Write it Down

                          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                          7. Listen to Music

                          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                          8. Visual Concepts

                          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                          9. Teach Someone Else

                          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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